One month later, no action taken regarding Tyreek Hill

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As of last night, one month had passed since the troubling audio emerged containing not only a discussion of whether Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill broke the arm of his three-year-old son but also: (1) an argument with the boy’s mother regarding whether he is “terrified” of Hill; and (2) a chilling retort from Hill, in which he said, “You need to be terrified of me too, bitch.”

The Chiefs have taken no further action and, beyond a flurry of comments that sent the same message (they are “deeply disturbed” by the audio) in the aftermath of the emergence of the audio and the team’s quick decision to keep him away from offseason workouts.

The league had said nothing at all about Hill, and the league probably still would have remained publicly silent but for the fact that someone asked Commissioner Roger Goodell about Hill during Goodell’s traditional press conference at the end of each ownership meeting. Goodell’s somewhat confusing comments (he suggested at one point the league needs “permission” to talk to Hill, which it clearly does not) send a clear message: The league will do nothing until the investigation that was closed the day before the audio emerged and that was reopened immediately thereafter has been resolved, one way or the other.

But no one knows when the reopened investigation will conclude. The Johnson County, Kansas prosecutor has publicly said and done nothing on the case since an investigation that ended due to lack of sufficient evidence as to who committed a crime against Hill’s son started up again.

The vague status of the situation creates a timeline problem for the Chiefs and the league. If the investigation quietly lingers into training camp, will Hill be allowed to show up? Apparently, that will be the case, even if he has yet to be arrested or charged.

At some point, the NFL will have to place Hill on the Commissioner Exempt list, which means that the Chiefs will be required to pay his $1.965 million salary even if he’s not playing. (That may seem unfair to the team, but it’s a far better financial outcome than if they’d signed him to a long-term mega-deal before these events transpired.)

The league’s posture regarding Hill (“we won’t even talk to him while the investigation is pending”) gives prosecutors in Kansas significant power over Hill. If they drag their feet indefinitely, the league apparently will keep him away from the sport, indefinitely.

This awkward stance highlights one of the problems with the application of the Personal Conduct Policy. Because the league typically refrains from potentially interfering with ongoing police investigations, there will be situations in which the potential allegations — even if not actually made against the player — are sufficiently severe to cause the league to ban the player from playing while the investigation proceeds, regardless of how long the investigation may take.

In theory, the league could proceed with investigations of potential Personal Conduct Policy violations unrelated to child abuse. For example, Hill’s comments to Crystal Espinal could amount to the type of “threatened violence” that justifies punishment. But it’s possible that those comments currently are part of a broadened police investigation regarding whether and to what extent Hill will be charged.

As the league waits for the investigation(s) to conclude, it also needs to be prepared to move quickly in the event that law enforcement abruptly ends its work with no charges against Hill. At that point, the league will need to conduct its own investigation and impose punishment, with the clock constantly ticking loudly toward the launch of training camp and, thereafter, Week One of the NFL’s much-ballyhooed 100th season.

31 responses to “One month later, no action taken regarding Tyreek Hill

  1. Disgusting… he’s commented on Bob Kraft, he gave Brady a 4 game suspension for nothing, but this guy is beating on a two year old and and breaking his arm, and he’s getting nothing… disgusting.

  2. If you think there is ko bias in the NFL from the commissioners office you are fooling yourself. If this happened to certain other teams they would’ve buried him.

  3. Goodell is aware that the Hill and Kraft situations are loosely related. Any punishment for Hill should be matched/exceeded by Kraft if no charges are brought in each situation – regardless if the alleged ‘crimes’ are different. Kraft is a much bigger black eye for the league – an owner busted for solicitation. Only his high priced legal team has managed to obfuscate the real issues. If Kraft skates because key evidence is blocked, that is like Hill escaping with no charges because his gf won’t testify.

  4. If the DA doesn’t press charges what is the NFL supposed to do? Suspend him based on a recording where he denies that he was responsible for his sons broken arm. Also, I would imagine the players union will have something to say about the recording itself and how it was obtained.

  5. They’re still waiting to hear from their PR departments as whether this latest incident leaves them with any option other than their “zero tolerance” policy toward domestic & child abuse.

  6. I see how well this worked with Kareem Hunt. If the Chiefs did the same thing to Hill 25 other teams would seriously think about signing him after his suspension. The whole system is flawed when the only people that are punished are the fans of the team like the Chiefs

  7. A domestic abuser who has choked their significant other in that past is 10x more likely to kill that person in the future than a domestic abuser who hasn’t. Tyreek Hill is a monster.

  8. The NFL won’t be stupid enough to do nothing.

    Hill is done and imo so are the Chiefs as an elite team in the AFC.

  9. ramsfandango says:
    May 26, 2019 at 10:46 am
    Goodell is aware that the Hill and Kraft situations are loosely related. Any punishment for Hill should be matched/exceeded by Kraft

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    In what universe is a misdemeanor for getting a massage is worse than braking a child’s arm and assaulting a woman?

  10. He was suspended. They didn’t do anything to your liking and standards. That’s problem you have with it

  11. So what if the Chiefs lose little Tyreek this coming season? Look at how they did last season against the best teams they played: Chargers 1-1, Seahawks 0-1, Rams, 0-1, Patriots 0-2. One victory in six tries! OVERRATED.

  12. Its a waiting game. The longer it goes not talked about the less people will care

    Id guess the League, the Chiefs and Hill are quietly working behind the scenes to “take care” of the matter away from prying eyes. It will be “resolved” by late summer with the absolute least amount of coverage as possible. with the verdict being “no conclusive evidence found against Hill, no charges filed”. Hes too important for the Chiefs to lose so they want do do everything in their power to make sure hes not guilty. The NFL just wants the whole thing to disappear, like it never happened. ” Oh your still talking about that Tyreek Hill thing, thats long been resolved, no charges were brought so as far as we’re concerned that matter is over.”

  13. So what if the Chiefs lose little Tyreek this coming season? Look at how they did last season against the best teams they played: Chargers 1-1, Seahawks 0-1, Rams, 0-1, Patriots 0-2. One victory in six tries! OVERRATED.

    They were an offside penalty away from playing in the super bowl.

  14. GoodellMustGo says:
    May 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    The NFL won’t be stupid enough to do nothing.

    Hill is done and imo so are the Chiefs as an elite team in the AFC.
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    I disagree. The Chiefs suspended Hill but thats mostly for show. They can leave him suspended throughout the offseason, well enough time to let the smoke disappear. No doubt the League and Chiefs brass have been in contact with the DA over this matter. It will be resolved behind closed doors with little fanfare. Worst case for Hill is the League does their own move for show, and suspends him for 4 games, reduced to 2, for conduct detrimental to the league.

    Im not suggesting hes not guilty, he most likely is, but without video evidence and with the amount of time the Chiefs and the League have to “resolve” the matter before the start of the season I think not much will come of it. Time is on their side. By August the mob will have moved on to something else to be outraged about. Had this happened during the regular season it would have been much worse for Hill, the Chiefs and the NFL, they would have been under intense pressure to act immediately.

  15. Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for 6 games after two separate investigations cleared him

    Well let’s see what happens here

  16. I love seeing you idiots comment about how you know he did this….. Do you know? So you have evidence that the police DA, DFS all can’t find to this point. Maybe you should go hive it up then. Also he was merely accused of it, not convicted of anything. As a matter of fact the accuser recanted her entire story and admitted to making it up. There is also 100s of pages of forensic evidence to back this up according to the lawyer. Sounds like you’re being biased and just believing accusations not facts. Hope none of you get accused of doing anything, you’ll be automatically guilty by your own standerds.

  17. Why should the Chiefs make the first move? They did the “right thing” with Kareem Hunt and what did it get them? They lost a good player to another team with no compensation. Where was all your outrage against the team that signed Hunt? SMDH

  18. Dont worry everyone will find out hes suspended 2 days after you draft him on your fantasy team lol

  19. homelessphilosopher says:

    May 26, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    So what if the Chiefs lose little Tyreek this coming season? Look at how they did last season against the best teams they played: Chargers 1-1, Seahawks 0-1, Rams, 0-1, Patriots 0-2. One victory in six tries! OVERRATED.
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    If you revisit all of those games. There is one common variable. That has greatly been addressed this off season. The DEFENSE. Yes, losing Hill will be a hit to the offense, but the Chiefs did not lose any of those high scoring games because of the offense. They have completely upgraded the entire defense which was historically aweful.

    Still with as bad as the defense was. They still were 4 inches offsides from going to the super bowl. Yes, Dee Ford is gone too so lining up on-sides improved already from last year.

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